Title: Aliens: Fire and Stone
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds; Paul Lee (Aliens: Field Report)
Colorist: Dave Stewart, Paul Lee (Aliens: Field Report)
Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover and Chapter Break Artist: David Palumbo; Patric Reynolds and Dave Stewart (Aliens: Field Report)
Dark Horse doesn’t get the props they deserve. When several movie franchises are forgotten, Dark Horse has published very good adaptations of them. I remember reading the Alien Vs. Predator stories on Dark Horse first before it came to the silver screen. Those stories were well written and really expanding the Aliens universe. It really answered many questions about the Predators and their previous visits to Earth. Eventually all those stories led to two movies that were pretty good. After the prequel “Prometheus,” I assumed that Dark Horse would just publish stories about the prequels. “Aliens: Fire and Stone” takes place several decades after the events in “Prometheus.”
Chris Roberson returns the reader to the moon LV-223 more than a hundred years after the events in “Promotheus.” A crew from the nearby planet Acheron, escaped an attack from aliens and crash land on LV-223. They are chased and harassed by several aliens as the main character, Derrick Russell who is an engineer for the nefarious Weyland Corporation, discovers that the moon hides technology that might save them all.
Russell, who narrates, maintains a scientific detachment to his situation as he continues to learn about the ship Prometheus. He talks about how his crew members are killed one by one by the aliens as he finds refuge in the ruins of Prometheus and the cave originally inhabited by the Engineers as seen in the movie prequel. Like his predecessors, Russell discovers the dark liquid that mutated several of his crew members.
Roberson does a great job using the voice of Russell. He allows the reader to watch everything through Russell who does not seem like a victim of circumstance like his fellow crew members. He seems more curious than afraid of the aliens. Russell seems like a company man and is tied to the overall mission of the Weyland Corporation. Roberson actually reveals more about the dark liquid than the movie prequel. This was my favorite part of the story. Roberson was able to fill in some of the gaps that the movie did not explain. This trade also provides another store entitled “Field Report.” This one is narrated by Corporal Dwayne Hicks from the second Aliens movie. This story sums up what I enjoyed about that film.
The artwork by Patric Reynolds and Paul Lee works well with the story. LV-223 is bought to life in those panels. Reynolds does a great job providing the emotion during the story. Lee adds new depth to the first battle scene in Aliens which movie watchers originally watched through a grainy video in the movie. While “Field Report” is short, it provides more insight into Corporal Hicks. Again, Dark Horse publishes a quality product. I hope they do more stories about the Alien prequels that tie in to everything else. It adds so much more depth to the franchise.